Blackburn manager Steve Kean is confident Ryan Nelsen will recover from knee surgery in time to be fit for the start of the season.
The New Zealand international missed the tail end of the last campaign in order to have the procedure carried out as Blackburn survived the relegation.
Rovers boss Kean is mindful he has not replaced the departed Phil Jones, who left for Manchester United, and could use the vast experience of Nelsen to plug that gap.
"Unfortunately we lost Ryan towards the end of last season, he had quite a major operation on his knee," said Kean.
"He's taking part in some of the sessions but talking to our medical team, they're confident he'll be fit for the start of the season which is tremendous.
"We've got a senior group that's very important to us and I'm confident he'll be fit for the start of the season."
Following the takeover of Blackburn by the Venky's, the Lancashire-club was expected to become one of the Premier League's big-spenders.
However, Rovers fans have had to watch while Manchester City continues to spend vast sums of money while they search for bargain basement buys.
Yet, Kean insists the club were never going to adopt a free spending policy under the new owners.
"Different teams have got different models," he added.
"Manchester City wants to spend, they want to achieve and go very quickly. We're going to do it slightly differently.
"We've got the senior players like Michel Salgado, Paul Robinson, Ryan Nelsen, we've got a senior group and then we're going to continue to improve the young players. It's each to their own."